FAA May Soon Allow Us To Use Reading Devices During Takeoff And Landing


Last year, we had reported that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was reevaluating its stance regarding the use of mobile devices like the iPad and Kindle during takeoff and landing. The FAA had set up a working group to study the use of such mobile devices.

The New York Times now reports that the FAA may loosen rules for using reading devices during takeoff and landing by the end of the year.

The New York Times reports:

According to people who work with an industry working group that the Federal Aviation Administration set up last year to study the use of portable electronics on planes, the agency hopes to announce by the end of this year that it will relax the rules for reading devices during takeoff and landing. The change would not include cellphones.

One member of the group and an official of the F.A.A., both of whom asked for anonymity because they were not allowed to speak publicly about internal discussions, said the agency was under tremendous pressure to let people use reading devices on planes, or to provide solid scientific evidence why they cannot.

The reports notes that while passengers have been told to turn off mobile devices during takeoff and landing, there is no evidence that they affect a plane’s avionics.

The change in regulation is a step in the right direction as it didn’t make sense to have blanket ban on the use of mobile devices without providing solid scientific evidence.  So hopefully when we travel next year, we are told “Please put your devices on ‘airplane mode’ for takeoff” rather than to power down our devices for takeoff.

Unfortunately, the change in regulations won’t include cellphones. It’s not clear what’s the reason for keeping the ban on cellphones as they should be as safe as tablets when they’re put on airplane mode.

Via: NYT

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  • Slick

    dope …but more troubles for flight attendants

    • slick

      coz the ones that already don’t listen now will try even harder argue and use their cellphone

  • Avionics Mechanic

    Cell phone use doesnt interfere with the avionics at all. I fly in helicopters for the military and have used my phone to geo tag my location in photos while in the air. Have sent text messages and surfed the web. The only thing I havent done was make a call because its just too damn loud. Not once have I heard the pilot say, please turn your phones off because they are interfering with instruments or radios.

    The FAA should just remove the ban period. Anyways, once your up about 2000+ feet you dont have a signal anyways and cant make calls any how.

    • BlkHwk

      15N/MilTech…kinda disagree with you a bit bud. Cell phones can interfere with avionics com system…**IF** there happens to be an exposed/bad ground on a communications wire. This is one of the reasons why cell phones are not allowed. To reduce and eliminate any possibility what so ever.

  • Hajo

    Yep, how are flight attendants going to check whether devices are in flight mode? And how do they check whether I have an iPad with cellular connection and am browsing the web? No, this doesn’t make sense at all. Either allow all or none. And I’m a it worried about allowing all — one helicopter passenger is certainly not sufficient statistical data for a whole industry…

  • Avionics Mechanic

    Not only am I a passenger, but I work on the avionics in them. Not saying they should base it off of what myself and many others do, but I havent seen any tests or data in this case that show cellular connections causes an issues.

    How may times have you seen once you land people turning on their phones and making calls while the aircraft is still taxing to the gate? What is so different taxing to the gate then taxing to the runway? Planes still have all their radios, radars, transponders, i.e. all their avionics equipment still on.